Inside NC's Restart schools
North Carolina’s Restart program gives some of the state’s lowest-performing public schools more flexibility to make changes in the hopes of improving their students’ performance.
In this three-part series, which ran March 19-21, 2018, WRAL education reporter Kelly Hinchcliffe and EducationNC senior reporter Alex Granados take you inside some of the state's 103 Restart schools and let you hear from students, educators and lawmakers about the program and what the future may hold.
The series was funded through a grant from the Center for Cooperative Media. EducationNC data journalist Lindsay Carbonell and policy analyst Molly Osborne contributed to the stories.
In NC, some low-performing schools get flexibility to help struggling students
For the past two years, some North Carolina schools have embarked on an experiment that could herald a new era in the state's public school system.
Some NC low-performing schools get flexibility to help struggling students
For the past two years, some North Carolina schools have embarked on an experiment that could herald a new era in the state’s public school system.
After years of struggles, more than 100 NC schools hope new program will lead to success
More than 100 North Carolina public schools are part of a statewide experiment known as Restart. The program allows some of the lowest-performing schools to have more flexibility like charter schools.
Is this flexible program for struggling schools the future of NC public education?
Despite the Restart program still being in its infancy and yet to be tested, some state leaders are already asking: Is this flexibility the future of public education in North Carolina?